Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Did you change you batteries in your smoke detector?

Change your batteries when you change your clock

Change your batteries when you change your clock
tv23Cobb Fire and Emergency Services is encouraging residents to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when they change their clocks back for daylight savings time on Sunday, April 14th The Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign aims to remind people of the importance of changing batteries in these life-saving devices. Prevention is key and working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. Two-thirds of deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Residents are also reminded that smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years and tested once a month to ensure they are working. For more information, including simple home safety tips, visit cobbfire.org.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Free Radon Test Kit for Homes

Public Health Offers Free Radon Test Kit for Homes

Are you safe from the dangerous effects of radon potentially in your home? Cobb and Douglas Public Health are offering free kits to test radon levels in homes in Cobb and Douglas counties.
Radon is a radioactive gas and has been identified as a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency's most recent health risk assessment estimates 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon.
You can't see or smell radon because it is a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is a decay product of uranium and occurs naturally in soil and rock, and levels can vary in homes. Other sources of radon include well water and building materials.
"The best protection against radon is knowledge and action," said Christopher Hutcheson, director of environmental health for Cobb and Douglas Public Health. "We're encouraging everyone to learn about radon, test their homes and if necessary, take steps to reduce radon levels."
Cobb and Douglas Public Health have a limited program for distributing short-term radon detectors to selected households.
Detectors distributed through program are free of charge and can be ordered by calling (770) 920-7311 in Douglas County and (770) 435-7815 in Cobb County.

Somethings to think about with all our new electronic technology

Somethings to think about with all our new electronic technology
  A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that friends she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included  a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been  prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been      ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football  game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would  appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.
     Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you  can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.
    MOBILE PHONES I never thought of this..... This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on  her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which  contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet... Etc...was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling  him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking  about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.'   When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

    Moral of the lesson: Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list.  Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.  Also, when you're being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places  to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
     * I never thought about the above!  As of now, I no longer have 'home' listed on my cell phone